NASCAR Analyst Breaks Down More Details of the Next Gen Car

Published 11/26/2020, 5:13 AM EST
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


The 2022 season will be one of the most important years in NASCAR. This is because the drivers will race in the Next Gen cars, which are currently being tested thoroughly. Recently, NASCAR analyst and former driver, Andy Petree, spoke about the new car and spilled some more details.

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According to him, the wheels and tires are lighter than the current model. This is because the wheels are made from aluminum, though Petree was unsure of the exact numbers.

He said, “There are so many of those kind of things that make the care have a different character. When you watch it on the Roval, the car just changes direction really really well. It looks like it’s built for that.”

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What else did the NASCAR analyst say?

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Petree also confirmed that the tires will be a lot smaller, in the sense that if there is a flat tire, it will shred quicker. This is why he believes that inner liners will be a thing of the past. Additionally, the new tires will also make it easier for the sport to monitor tire pressures. To be precise, a driver will be able to tell that he has a flat long before it actually goes flat.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway on January 15, 2020 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the overall size of the wheels will increase and NASCAR will do away with the five-lug design. Instead, the sport will adopt a single lug design. There will also be other changes, like a different sidewall which alters the driver’s ability to hang the car out.

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Aside from this, there will be a host of other changes. Thus, NASCAR will be keen to iron out any issues. The good news is that they have a whole year to test the cars and the new regulations on these cars. Once every party is satisfied, only then will the Next Gen cars get the green signal to kick off the 2022 season.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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